WVU monorail expected to mark 80 million riders

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Morgantown's monorail, the Personal Rapid Transit system, is marking a milestone.Sometime Wednesday, the number of riders was expected to hit 80 million.The PRT has been running between West Virginia University campuses since 1975 as an alternative to buses, cars and walking. Students and employees ride free, while the public pays 50 cents per trip.
Average daily ridership during the school year is about 14,750.Last month, WVU announced the PRT is getting a $15 million overhaul. A redesign and replacement of the on-board computer system should be done by the end of next year. WVU will then work on redesigning and replacing the propulsion system, also by the end of next year.The university was to conduct a drawing Wednesday afternoon, randomly choosing someone to signify the 80 millionth passenger. 
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